A Risky Game: Zing The Boss
Wednesday - August 02, 2006
Editor’s note: Ron Nagasawa is on vacation. This column was originally published on Aug. 30, 2000.
Let me take this opportunity to announce that I respect my boss. I believe the feeling is mutual. With some of the antics I get into at work, however, I have to wonder how it is I’m still employed.
For instance, writing about him in a newspaper that half-a-million people will read this week is probably not a good idea. On the other hand, I’m just doing my job.
The other day I was looking at a packet of subscription cards that was held together with a thick rubber band. As I looked through the cards, I put the rubber band around my wrist so I wouldn’t lose it. I was suddenly interrupted by a call from the boss’ secretary.
She said that I was to report to his office immediately, that he was assembling a meeting with several key managers to discuss an important business issue.
I was joined by other managers and we sat in a semi-circle around his desk. The tone of the meeting was serious and at one point, the boss had to take a call. He said we could stay, but he swiveled his chair around and faced the wall behind his desk while on the phone.
The rest of us sat there, and to pass the time I removed the rubber band from my wrist and started to fiddle with it. I stretched it between my forefinger and thumb when I lost my grip and it flew across the room, smacking the back of the boss’ head and landing on his desk.
He spun around and spotted the rubber band. We all sat there looking like a bunch of fourth-graders who just threw a paper wad at the teacher. He didn’t say a word and the meeting continued as though nothing happened. When it ended, I was the last to walk out of his office.
Before I reached the door, a rubber band whizzed by my head, clipping my ear. I whipped around only to see my boss on the phone again, facing the wall.
I wondered how he knew it was me.
That’s probably why he’s the boss and I’m not.
Ron’s WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
Amateur photographer Steve Oyama sends in an amazing Website that shows high-speed video (up to 4,000 frames per second), slow-motion clips of a water balloon bursting, a rattlesnake strike and more. www.photron.com
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